Children and dogs go together like peas and carrots… or, at least, that’s what we think. But making sure that your children and your fur-baby stay life-long friends takes a few simple rules. Here are some simple “musts” when it comes to keeping everyone happy and safe when playing together….



Don’t leave a young child unsupervised with a dog.




don’t touch a dog that’s sleeping, chewing a toy, in their crate, or caring for puppies.


Always pet a dog gently – no pulling or tugging.



Don’t make sudden moves or loud noises when approaching a dog.





Always ask an adult before approaching a strange dog.

Say hello by reaching out slowly with your palm up for the dog to smell.


Don’t touch a dog’s eyes, ears, nose, mouth, or privates.


Keep distance when a dog is wound up,

like when they are eating, see something outside, or hear someone at the door.



Remember that dogs don’t like to be hugged.


Don’t Put Your Face down near a dog’s face – especially a strange dog.

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